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The Legislative Ethics Board will consider whether lawmakers need to file fundraising reports for money received to attend national political conventions as delegates. Some lawmakers attending this summer’s political conventions as delegates raised money to help fund their attendance at […]

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Backers of Washington’s Initiative 1464 have submitted more than the required 326,000 signatures to appear on the November ballot. If voters approve the measure, the initiative will require new campaign finance disclosures, limit contributions by lobbyists and government contractors, and […]

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Pierce County Council recently passed an ordinance amending the county’s code of ethics to remove existing restrictions on lobbying. Prior to the passage of the ordinance, lobbyists were required to register and file activity reports. The ordinance became effective March […]

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The Washington Attorney General’s Office has been asked to give an informal opinion as to whether initiative campaigns need to disclose top five donors on signature gathering petitions. This request comes from Senator Pam Roach, who is taking issue with […]

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The Washington State Legislature adjourned its special session on March 29, 2016. The special session was needed to pass a supplemental budget. The new budget plan increases spending by $191 million.

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The Washington State Legislature adjourned its regular 2016 session on March 10. Gov. Jay Inslee immediately called a special 30-day session. The special session is needed to pass a supplemental budget.

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February 22, 2016  •  

Monday News Roundup

Lobbying New Mexico: “Senators Credit KOB As They Pass Campaign Finance System Reform” by Ryan Luby for KOB Campaign Finance New Mexico: “‘Dark Money’ Disclosure Bill Dies in Final Days of Session” by Trip Jennings for New Mexico In Depth […]

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson has recommended legislation prohibiting state officials and employees from becoming lobbyists for one year after leaving office. This is his second attempt to address his state’s revolving door. The bill is being considered in committee. Photo of […]

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The Legislative Ethics Board in Washington clarified its rule on free meals for legislators, which became effective January 1, 2015. At its December meeting, the board considered whether the rule should have more flexibility in its application in certain circumstances. […]

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The Public Disclosure Commission is considering whether to adopt new regulations increasing monetary penalties for campaign finance reporting violations. As part of the same proposed rules, the commission is considering changing its methods for resolving some disclosure complaints. Currently, there […]

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Voters in King County, Washington elected a new Elections Director. Julie Wise will become the head of the King County Elections Division beginning January 1, 2016. Wise currently holds the position of Deputy Director.

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State and Federal Communications, Inc. is the proud keynote speaker sponsor for the Washington Area State Relations Group (WASRG) Luncheon Symposium. WASRG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving government relations professionals. On Thursday, November 5, Nathan Gonzales, editor and […]

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November 4, 2015  •  

Democracy Vouchers Pass in Seattle

Initiative 122, a ballot measure proposing to raise property taxes in Seattle to create a publicly financed elections program, has passed. The “Honest Elections Seattle” measure imposes a $30 million tax levy over a 10 year period, granting citizens four […]

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September 23, 2015  •  

Washington PDC Names New Director

The Public Disclosure Commission has named Evelyn Fielding Lopez as the agency’s new executive director. Lopez, a Tacoma lawyer who formally worked as an assistant attorney general, will begin work on October 1. The former executive director, Andrea McNamara Doyle, […]

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